Meet Cooper — Growing up at the shelter as an orphan


Greetings Winston:

My name is Cooper, and I’m 8-months-old. I am a medium-sized, black-and-white neutered male. I was just a kitten when I was brought into the shelter as a stray. I was an orphan and have spent my whole life so far, living here.

I have basically grown up in here. Everything that I’ve learned about how to ‘cat’ I’ve learned from my fellow shelter felines. I was a just a baby and they’ve kindly taught me everything! They took me under their paws and with their help and guidance (along with the wonderful shelter staff, of course) I am who I am today.

Let me tell you about me. I am incredibly active and energetic — and I love to play.

I have a favorite stuffed toy that must come with me when I am adopted, my best buddy and pal, my caterpillar. He’s always been by my side. He understands me more than anyone. I talk to him and nuzzle him in my cage, and I always fall asleep next to him. He is my security caterpillar! I don’t really know why I love him so much, perhaps just beause he has the word, “cat” in his name? He’s the best.

I also get along well with other felines, but they have to be able to handle me as I can sometimes play a bit rough! Dogs? I am not too sure about them. Also I would do better in a home with older children (preferably teenagers) as opposed to younger ones. Let me restate – I am highly energetic!!! Winston, I appreciate anything you can do for me in finding a forever home. Thanks, Cooper 

Dear Cooper, 

It was so nice to hear from you! You’ve basically grown up at the shelter, that’s amazing. I am sure the staff is quite attached to you by now but will still be thrilled to see you say goodbye. You need your own kingdom where you can do your own thing! Here’s hoping that the New Year will be very good to you.

Readers, please come down to the shelter and meet and greet Cooper and all of his feline (and canine) friends. We have a full house of fantastic furry adoptables that are just waiting for you to walk through that front door. And who knows? There may be a special someone with four paws who will tug at your heartstrings and you will say to yourself or your family, “this is THE ONE.” You will just know. They will just know. It will be the best thing you have ever done.

Change an animal’s life and it will change yours too. Happy adopting! And good luck to you, Cooper!

Sincerely, Winston 

Adopting a high energy cat?

What to do when adopting a high energy cat? How to keep him occupied and happy? Here are some great, must-try ideas: 

• Wear them out. We must create and maintain outlets for our furry balls of fire. This is the kind of cat who most needs climbing surfaces; if we don‟t provide them, they will climb anyway. Hauling their body weight up a climbing wall or a tall cat tree is an excellent way for them to burn off all that energy. They need their toys rotated more often to maintain their interest. A laser pointer and a wand toy is a must. Get them leaping and flying; it’s what they need to do. 

• Get their attention. High energy cats have wonderful focus. We will need ways of getting them to focus it on us so we can discipline effectively. A noise-making device will usually draw their attention, and we can jump in with some redirection to keep them away from things they aren’t supposed to play with. 

• Keep them puzzled. Bright cats can be any type, but will vary in how that intelligence is expressed. High energy cats that are also intelligent need the most help from us when it comes to exercising their minds, because they aren‟t the observational kind. They are “paws on.” We will have to be creative ourselves when it comes to staying ahead of them. Look beyond the traditional cat toys and seek out safe things that have buttons, knobs, gears, and switches.

Toddler “busy boxes,” discarded electrical or mechanical equipment, even nested cardboard boxes with a toy inside; all can be retrofitted to keep our high energy cat occupied in all dimensions. Think of the stuff we are always chasing them away from. Then come up with cat-safe versions that are their very own.

People who figure out ways to meet a high energy cat‟s needs will be rewarded with a cat who is “still a kitten.” Always eager to join us in our activities, constantly in search of things to make us laugh, and adept at coming up with ways to keep us on our toes. They are perpetual motion. We want to keep them moving, healthy and happy! 

Adoption Updates: 

Cats: Tucker and Sissy. Congrats! 

Upcoming events:  

Jan. 24 — Dining for the Dogs (and Cats…and Puppies and Kittens!) – The Vigneto Restaurant, 229 E. Dominick St., 4 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 4 — Bowling for Bowser at King Pin Lanes, 7157 E. Dominick St., 1 to 4 p.m. Includes two games of bowling, shoe rental and pizza! Only $20 per person or $15 for children under 10 years of age. 

Feb. 7 — Dining for the Dogs, Aquino’s Restaurant, 910 Floyd Ave., 4 to 7 p.m.  

March 6 — Dining for the Dogs, Franklin Hotel, 301 S. James St., 4 to 7 p.m.  

Gift ideas

The Humane Society may have the perfect gifts for those you love who may be hard to buy for — a gorgeous variety of colors and sizes of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and more.

Perfect for the animal lover and when you buy from us, you also help our cats and dogs.

AmazonSmile makes us smile! 

AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way for you to support the Humane Society of Rome! 

Every time you shop with Amazon, they donate a portion of the purchase price to our charitable organization. 

This is what you do --- before you begin to shop: 

1. Go to AmazonSmile (

2. Sign into your Amazon Account 

3. Click on Accounts and Lists 

4. Click on Your Account 

5. Scroll down to Settings 

6. Click on Change Your Charity 

7. Start typing in “Humane Society of Rome” and Search 

8. Make sure you choose the correct Humane Society and select! 

9. You can then go shopping! 

10. Thank you! 

Members needed!

Members are often the lifeblood of any non-profit organization.

Having a good group of dedicated members and volunteers is essential for the Rome Humane Society and the animals we take care of.

Are you a member of the Humane Society of Rome? Please log onto our website and click on the “How can I help” link and look for “Membership.”

Urgent need

The shelter is in desperate need of a donation of a new snowblower. Please help us, winter is unfortunately here! 

Wish List
Items currently needed: 
Snowblower! Winter is here!

Caring for our animals requires a lot of time, love, money, and supplies.

Donating wish list items helps us with the day-to-day care of our animals and supports our operational needs. Items can be dropped off during the humane society hours of operation. 

Remember, even used items can help our animals. We only ask that they are in good condition. If you have a question about a wish list item, please contact the shelter directly.

Remember all donations are tax deductible! 

Cat Items 

  • Medium- and large-size kitten hammocks (they are found in pet stores in the ferret section) 
  • Medium covered litter boxes 
  • Small litter boxes – kitten size 
  • Small plush cat beds – kitten size 
  • Friskies or 9 Lives pate canned food 
  • Ceramic crocks for food and water – small and large 
  • Scoopable litter* 
  • Toys (especially toys that make noise, and small mice) 

Dogs Items 

  • Nylabone Dog Chew Bones for all size dogs 
  • Toys – variety 
  • Grain Free treats 
  • Raw Hide treats – all sizes 
  • Soft Treats – such as Bacon Strips, Pupperoni, etc. 

General Shelter Supplies 

  • Garbage bags* – 13-gallon tall kitchen drawstring bags 
  • Garbage bags* – 39-gallon lawn/leaf drawstring bags 
  • Bleach* 
  • Legal, letter, and small notepads 
  • Telephone message pads – 2-part carbonless 
  • Stamps 
  • Blank address labels – 1 X 2 5/8 and 2 X 4
  • Manila 3-tab folders – letter size 
  • 25-gallon plastic tubs with lids 

Seasonal Items 

  • Funding needed for a heavy duty snow blower 
  • New dehumidifiers – for cat room 
  • Dog-friendly ice melt 

Always Welcome 

Gift certificates or gift cards to area merchants to purchase supplies as needed. 

*We can never have enough of these items. 

Shelter hours:

The Humane Society of Rome animal shelter is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m.

The shelter is also open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the Humane Society of Rome by calling 315-336-7070 or stop by the shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road. Also, please check out the Humane Society online at


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